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Power And Prejudice: The Politics And Diplomacy Of Racial Discrimination
Power And Prejudice: The Politics And Diplomacy Of Racial Discrimination
By Paul Gordon Lauren
Westview Press, 1988, 388 pp.

Racial prejudice has been with us since ancient times and is not about to disappear. Nevertheless, the progress made since World War II in recognizing and combating it as a problem of worldwide concern is a major achievement. Professor Lauren, with careful and thorough scholarship, traces the course of these developments through two world wars, the cold war, the anticolonial revolution and the tensions between the Third World and the West. Ethics and power politics are not natural partners, but moral standards can make gains, as the author argues and the record shows, when a balance between ethics and political realism is sought and found.